Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Mad Me Laugh But Then Feel A Little Sad...

I don't think I have hidden the fact that I consider myself a geek. I love comics but never read any of Tolkien's books. I saw the movies and was sort of underwhelmed.

That being said, when I first saw the above picture of Sir Ian McKellan I chuckled but then felt a little sad that he had to wear it in the first place.

I have absolutely no difficulties with homosexuality. It makes me sad that some have SUCH difficulty with it (and apparently enough in my geeky community) that McKellan wore the shirt. If any community should be welcoming of those who are "different" it probably should be us geeks and nerds.

Dennis Miller once said "I'm left on a lot of things. If two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that's when I'm right." Jon Stewart said gay marriage was fine with him unless he was going to be forced to "marry another dude". I think that is about where I am these days.

And on the flip side, I get a little frustrated with things that go the other way, like JK Rowling revealing (in an interview) that Dumbledore was gay all seemed unnecessary. It took nothing away from my enjoyment of the books, but that's because it was never really in the books.

I don't know really where I am going with this. Maybe I should have just put the picture on tumblr and left it alone.


  1. I was going to make a joke here about how if people really do hate gays then allowing them to get married is the best 'punishment' I can think of, and that gay marriage really is 'win-win' no matter what side you're on.

    But then I realized how bitter it sounded and opted for the 'I was going to make a joke about...' approach. ;)

  2. I've got nothing against same sex marriage, but I am staunchly opposed to no-sex marriage. Hey-O! Love the pic, there's a big crossover between the geek and the gay anyway.

  3. I don't know if you'll see this comment, since I'm late to the party, but there's an interesting followup to that picture. It turns out it was Photoshopped and a celebrity retweeted it and it went viral. Now the guy who created the pic is grumbling because he didn't get credit, yet he admits he got the original photo from BBC website and "there wasn't a credit," which is the most amusing bit of hypocrisy, don't you agree?

  4. Interesting....I'll have to Google that....


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